President Trump on Wednesday ripped former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon for his incendiary criticism of this president and his family published in a new book.
In a blistering statement issued by the White House, Trump said Bannon has “lost his mind” and claimed he had “no influence” within the West Wing.
“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency,” Trump said. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”
Trump sought to undercut the veracity of comments attributed to Bannon, once one of Trump’s closest aides, that appear in the forthcoming book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
“Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had the influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books,” Trump said.
“Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was,” the president added.
Earlier Wednesday, excerpts in the publication leaked that lent Bannon describing a 2016 assembly at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Bannon also stated he thought the Russians were taken to meet Trump after the meeting, something that the president has denied.